Paul Pogba raves about Manchester United's one-touch football
Paul Pogba got better and better as the game went on in Manchester United’s victory over West Ham on Saturday.
In truth no player came out of the first half with much credit but by time the full-whistle blew, United’s players had earned the three points.
It was Pogba who set United’s comeback in motion. He scored a long range goal after being played in by Bruno Fernandes. Minutes later Mason Greenwood made it 2-1.
The icing on the cake was Marcus Rashford’s goal after Juan Mata had played him through. It came at the end of a move which had Pogba raving about it.
Pogba spoke to the club website after the game to praise the way the players were passing the ball about.
He said: “We play how we love to play football. Remember against Leipzig, when we played, when we scored the goals in the second half it was the same.
“It was two touch, two touch, one touch. The goal of Rashy was one-touch football. It was beautiful.
“That’s what we are, we have the quality to do that, and we have to do it from the start. There are so many chances, we conceded, it was hard for us in the first half and we showed character in the second half and that’s what we have to remember.”
Pogba had more touches than any player on the pitch. He had 122 in total, completing 88 per cent of his passes.
Back in position to play in midweek
We wrote last Friday how Pogba was coming towards a critical point of his United career. He is a big player, made for big matches, and he needed to win Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over.
His weekend performance should have done that. Pogba has probably done enough to earn a starting spot against RB Leipzig.
Pogba has played in football’s biggest game, the World Cup final. His experience should be crucial for the Champions League showdown in Germany.
He believes he is coming back towards full fitness, blaming Covid for his early season woes.
Pogba said: “Even in training, I would say to the fitness coach that I feel strange. It’s not me. I get tired very fast and I’m out of breath really fast. The first game of the season, I couldn’t run. I was trying.
“I spoke with the manager,
“I will start the game and let’s see,” but I was very out of breath and it took me a long time to get me back to my fitness and to get back physically good.”
Pogba hopefully now is back to full health. It was good to see him play all 90 minutes against the Hammers.
With Fred suspended, United’s midweek decision looks a little easier. He did enough at the London Stadium to surely earn a starting spot on Tuesday night.
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